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 Student Handbook
            2021-2022
PUEBLO SCHOOL DISTRICT 60 2021-22 Instructional Calendar
          August 2021                            AUGUST                                                             FEBRUARY                                                                February 2022
    S M       T   W     T    F       S           New Teacher Orientation............................3, 4            No School....................................4, 11, 18, 25         S M      T    W    T     F   S
   1 2 3 4 5 6 7                                 Innovation Professional Development........5, 6                    District/Bldg. Professional Development......18                             1 2 3 4 5
   8 9 10 11 12 13 14                            Teachers Begin...............................................9
                                                                                                                                                                                        6    7 8 9 10 11 12
  15 16 17 18 19 20 21                           Principal Led Professional Development/
                                                    Building Meetings.....................................9                                                                            13   14 15 16 17 18 19
  22 23 24 25 26 27 28                                                                                                                                                                 20   21 22 23 24 25 26
                                                 District/Bldg. Professional Dev. Day.......11, 12
  29 30 31                                       Teacher Work Days................................10, 13                                                                               27   28
                                                 Assessment/Transition Day K-12.................16
       September 2021                            Classes Begin...............................................17     MARCH                                                                     March 2022
    S M       T   W     T    F       S           No School..............................................20, 27      No School..........................................4, 11, 18       S M      T    W    T     F   S

            1 2 3 4                                                                                                 3rd Grade Period Ends.................................17                  1 2          3     4 5
   5 6 7 8 9 10 11                               SEPTEMBER                                                          Teacher Work Day........................................18          6 7 8 9           10    11 12
                                                 No School....................................3, 10, 17, 24         Spring Break........................21, 22, 23, 24, 25
  12 13 14 15 16 17 18                                                                                                                                                                 13 14 15 16        17*   18 19
  19 20 21 22 23 24 25                           Labor Day......................................................6                                                                      20 21 22 23        24    25 26
                                                 District/Bldg. Professional Development......17
  26 27 28 29 30                                                                                                                                                                       27 28 29 30        31

         October 2021                            OCTOBER                                                            APRIL                                                                      April 2022
    S M       T   W     T    F       S           No School................................1, 8, 15, 22, 29          No School................................1, 8, 15, 22, 29          S M      T    W    T     F   S
                              1 2                1st Grade Period Ends.................................14           District/Bldg. Professional Development......15                                              1 2
                                                 Teacher Work Day........................................15             (The hours from this day will be utilized for Fall Parent
   3 4 5 6 7                  8 9                                                                                                                                                       3 4 5 6 7                8 9
                                                 Parent/Teacher                                                         Teacher conferences.)
  10 11 12 13 14*            15 16                                                                                                                                                     10 11 12 13 14           15 16
                                                    Conference Window........18, 19, 20, 21, 22
  17 18 19 20 21             22 23               Innovation Professional Development..........29                                                                                       17 18 19 20 21           22 23
  24 25 26 27 28             29 30                   (1/2 Day = 3 hours 15 minutes)                                                                                                    24 25 26 27 28           29 30
  31
                                                                                                                    MAY
        November 2021                            NOVEMBER                                                           No School....................................6, 13, 20, 27                 May 2022
                                                 No School..........................................5, 12, 19       Teacher Work Day........................................13
    S M       T   W     T    F       S                                                                                  (The hours from this day will be utilized for Spring           S M      T    W    T     F   S
                                                 District/Bldg. Professional Development......12                        Parent Teacher conferences.)                                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7
         1 2 3 4 5 6                             Thanksgiving Break..............22, 23, 24, 25, 26
   7     8 9 10 11 12 13                                                                                            Graduation:                                                         8 9 10 11 12 13 14
                                                                                                                      Paragon............. 6 p.m. / Thursday, May 26                   15 16 17 18 19 20 21
  14    15 16 17 18 19 20
                                                                                                                      South...................... 3 p.m. / Friday, May 27              22 23 24 25 26 27 28
  21    22 23 24 25 26 27
                                                                                                                      East........................ 7 p.m. / Friday, May 27
  28    29 30                                                                                                                                                                          29 30 31
                                                                                                                      Centennial........... 8 a.m. / Saturday, May 28
                                                                                                                      Central..............12 p.m. / Saturday, May 28
        December 2021                            DECEMBER                                                             Memorial Day..........................................30                 June 2022
    S M       T   W     T    F       S           No School..........................................3, 10, 17                                                                          S M      T    W    T     F   S
                                                 2nd Grade Period/1st Semester Ends..........17
            1 2 3 4
                                                 Teacher Work Day........................................17
                                                                                                                    JUNE                                                                         1 2 3 4
   5 6 7 8 9 10 11                                                                                                  Classes End....................................................2    5 6 7 8 9 10 11
                                                 Winter Break........................20, 21, 22, 23, 24
  12 13 14 15 16 17 18                                                                                              Teachers' Last Day.........................................3       12 13 14 15 16 17 18
                                                                                      27, 28, 29, 30, 31
  19 20 21 22 23 24 25                                                                                              Possible Make-up Day................................6,7            19 20 21 22 23 24 25
                                                                                                                       (for inclement weather overage)
  26 27 28 29 30 31                                                                                                                                                                    26 27 28 29 30

         January 2022                            JANUARY                                                            JULY                                                                       July 2022
    S M       T   W     T    F       S           No School....................................7, 14, 21, 28                                                                            S M      T    W    T     F   S
                                     1           District/Bldg. Professional Development......21                                                                                                                 1 2
   2     3 4 5 6 7                   8           Innovation Professional Development..........28
                                                     (1/2 Day = 3 hours 15 minutes)                                                                                                     3 4 5 6 7                8 9
   9    10 11 12 13 14              15                                                                                                                                                 10 11 12 13 14           15 16
  16    17 18 19 20 21              22                                                                                                                                                 17 18 19 20 21           22 23
  23    24 25 26 27 28              29                                                                                                                                                 24 25 26 27 28           29 30
  30    31                                                                                                                                                                             31

                  PUPIL CONTACT DAYS                                                   KEY
August................. 10       February...............................16                                                                                                             Possible Make-up Day
                                                                                                Classes Begin and End                    *      Grade Period End
September........... 17          March...................................15                                                                                                            (for inclement weather overage)
October................ 16       April......................................16                  Teachers Begin / End                            Semester Ends
November............ 14          May......................................17                    No School                                       Assessment/Transition Day K-12
December............ 10          June.......................................2                   Teacher Work Day                                Graduation
January................ 17       July.........................................0
                                                                                                New Teacher Orientation                         Principal Led Professional Development/Building Meetings
                                 Total...................................150
                                                                                                District/Building Professional Development
                  DAYS PER SEMESTER
1st Grade Period.....35          3rd Grade Period...................... 44                      Innovation Professional Development
2nd Grade Period....32           4th Grade Period...................... 39                      Parent/Teacher Conference Window
1st Semester...........67        2nd Semester............................83
                                 Total........................................ 150

 Current as of ___________________                                                                                                            APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION January 26, 2021
PUEBLO SCHOOL DISTRICT 60
                                                           315 W. 11th Street
                                                         Pueblo, Colorado 81003

                                                            BOARD OF EDUCATION
Taylor Voss........................................................................................................................................President
Dr. Margaret Wright..................................................................................................................Vice President
Barbara Clementi .................................................................................................................... Board Member
Tommy Farrell.......................................................................................................................... Board Member
Judge Dennis Maes................................................................................................................. Board Member

                                                          Non-Voting Members
            David Horner............................................................................................................Treasurer
            Geri Patrone...........................................................................Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

                                                    SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
                                                                  Charlotte Macaluso

                                                                    Mission
       To provide a high-quality education
    t h a t a s s u re s e a c h s t u d e n t t h e
    knowledge, skills, and dispositions to
    lead a life of purpose and impact.

Pueblo School District No. 60 does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status,
national origin, religion, ancestry, age, disability, need for special education services, genetic information, pregnancy or childbirth status, or other status
protected by law in admission, access to, treatment or employment in its educational programs or activities. Additionally, a lack of English language
skills is not a barrier to admission or participation in activities. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-
discrimination policies: Eric DeCesaro, EEO/Affirmative Action/Title IX/Section 504 Compliance Officer for complaints involving employees, and Andrew
Burns, Title IX Compliance Officer for complaints involving students. Both individuals can be located at 315 West 11th Street, Pueblo, Colorado 81003,
(719) 549-7100. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. (Policy AC, AC-R).
Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre esta información, por favor llame a la escuela de su niño.

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Table of Contents
Topic                                                                                                                                                  Page Number
   2021-22 Instructional Calendar...................................................................................... Inside Front Cover
   Pueblo School District 60 Board of Education............................................................................................ i
School Handbook
   Mission Statement.................................................................................. ................................................................... 2
   School Hours............................................................................................................................................. 3
         Student Attendance Schedules / School Personnel Schedules
   Student Safety & Well-Being...................................................................................................................... 4
         Care of School and Personal Property / Cold Weather Policy & Inclement Weather Policy / Discipline
   Morning / Red Flag Morning Arrivals......................................................................................................... 5
   Attendance Policy...................................................................................................................................... 6
         Early Student Check Out / Emergencies & Emergency Information
         Fire Drill/Emergency Exit Drills / Skateboards, Scooters, & Rollerblades
         Traffic Safety / Student Drop-off Information!
   General Student Information..................................................................................................................... 9
         Bicycles at School / Field Trips / Homework / Lost and Found / Newsletters
         Outdoor Recess / School Counselor / School Dress Code / Items Brought to School
         Parties at School / School Visitors / Student Custody Changes or Legal Name Changes
         Student Enrollment Card / Awards Assemblies / Parent Portal
   Student Safety – Emergency – Crisis Management Procedures............................................................. 12
         Lockdown Procedures / Fire Drill Procedures / Tornado Warning Procedures
   Food Services Program........................................................................................................................... 13
   Student Health Information...................................................................................................................... 15
         Immunizations / Medication Policy (District School Board Policy)
         Student Health Problems / Notification to Access Benefits
   Non-Discrimination Complaint Procedures.............................................................................................. 19
   Title I: Parent Right to Know.................................................................................................................... 20
   PBIS Program.......................................................................................................................................... 21
         Behavior Expectations / School Rules
   PBIS Reward System.............................................................................................................................. 24
   PBIS Rotations........................................................................................................................................ 25
   Bullying Prevention Policy........................................................................................................................ 26
   The Role of Parents/Guardians .............................................................................................................. 28
         Cooperation / Responsibilities / Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences & Student Assessment
   The Role of Parents/Guardians as Volunteers......................................................................................... 29
         PTSO ( Parent/Teacher/Student Organization ) / Site Council/Accountability Committee
         Volunteer Program / Title I

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– Section 1 –
    General
School Information

         –1–
Heritage Elementary School
                               MISSION STATEMENT
             We will provide an environment where children feel
                comfortable to explore, question, and grow.

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to Heritage Elementary School We have prepared this handbook to give you general information about
Heritage. Our staff members are dedicated to giving our children the best educational experiences possible. They are
willing to answer any questions you may have about our school program. We would like to extend an invitation to have
you visit our school and become an active part of our school community. We love parent volunteers.

We are an exceptional school with a long tradition of achievement and leadership. The Heritage Staff and I are
committed to providing the best possible learning experience for all students. Our top priority is to increase student
achievement. We want all Heritage students to leave our school with the tools and knowledge necessary to reach
both their educational and career goals. To ensure maximum effectiveness and efficiency regarding the student
learning environment, Heritage has a behavior management plan. We will continue to implement the PBIS (Positive
Behavior Support) to ensure we spend more time teaching and rewarding positive behavior. We will be in our second
year of implementation with “Leader in Me. Leader in me is based on the 7 Habits of highly effective people. You will
see bulletin boards focused on leadership in the school as this mindset encourages leadership from staff as well as
students. We also support the district Bully Prevention efforts.

 Please review the information provided for you in this handbook. If you or your child has any questions regarding the
behavior management process please feel free to contact us for clarification. If you have questions, you are welcome
to contact me, your child’s teacher or the school counselor to discuss any concerns you may have. We will be happy to
provide you with more information.

We are proud of our school and want to share that pride with our students and families. We believe every student has
the potential to be successful here and ready for the next level of education. With all of us working together, each child
will leave Heritage with a precious gift-a quality education!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about our school please feel free to contact the school office at
(719) 549-7575.

Have a great year.

Richelle Paradiso, Principal

                                                          –2–
School Hours
  Our playground is not supervised until 7:40 a.m. and is supervised for only 10 minutes after school is dismissed.
For your child’s safety, please be prompt when bringing and picking up your child. Please do not let your child come to
school early unless he/she is involved in a specific school activity where a teacher will be providing supervision. The
YMCA Prime Time Child Care program will provide before and after school care at Heritage again this year. Please
contact them directly for more information. We have several other child care centers that provide before and after
school care, also. They are the Boys & Girls Club of Pueblo, Southside Children’s Center, Minnequa Medicenter Day
Care (PCC), St. Paul’s United Methodist Day Care Center, and Washington Children’s Center. Each child care center
provides to and from school transportation.

Student Attendance Schedule
PRESCHOOL
    Morning                      8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Monday-Thursday

    Afternoon                    12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
                                 No school on Fridays

KINDERGARTEN – Full Day          7:45 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Monday-Thursday
                                 No school on Fridays

GRADES ONE TO FIVE              7:40 a.m.        Playground supervision begins, and students may enter playground.
                                7:45 a.m.        Bell rings for students to line up to enter the building.
                                7:50 a.m.        Tardy Bell
                                3:05 a.m.        School dismissal Monday through Thursday
                                 No school on Fridays

Playground supervision is provided from 7:40 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. and for 10 minutes after school is dismissed.
Students are to report to the office if they have not been picked up when playground supervision ends.
Children picked up after 3:30 p.m. in emergency situations will need to be picked up at the office. This allows
us to provide appropriate supervision for these students.

School Office Schedule
School Office               7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Principal and Secretary)

                                                         –3–
Student Safety & Well-Being
Care of School and Personal Property
   We try to instill student pride in the appearance of our school. Students must not mark on furniture, walls, ceilings,
floors, or equipment with pen, pencil, marker or any other instrument. Students must not tamper with fire alarms, fire
extinguishers, electrical systems, and plants at the school. Anyone who willfully destroys school property through
vandalism, arson, or larceny or who creates a hazard to the safety of our students will be dealt with according to
school policy and referred to the proper law enforcement agency. Students are responsible for lost or damaged books
or school property. Our students have shown a great amount of respect for our school and have shown responsibility
in caring for school items. We appreciate their attitude and responsibility.
   Students are not permitted to bring large amounts of money to school other than for fund-raising or other scheduled
activities such as book fairs. Students are not allowed to bring expensive items such as radios, electronic equipment,
hand-held video games or other valuable items to school.

Cold Weather Policy & Inclement Weather Policy
   Unless the weather is extremely inclement, children will remain outside before school and during recess periods.
On those days students should dress warmly so they are comfortable during brief periods outside. Parents should
send notes to school or call the principal for special exceptions due to illness. Red flags posted on our four main
entrance doors means the weather is too cold or wet, and students may enter the building and go to the locations
designated for their grade levels in the gym after 7:35 a.m.
   In the event school is canceled for the day or a late start time is scheduled, Pueblo School District 60 staff will make
inclement weather decisions based on student, parent, and staff safety. The District will check with the following: the
City Transit System, the Weather Bureau, the Pueblo Police Department, and Pueblo School District 60 transportation
employees in four different geographical locations. The District will make the decision as to whether schools will be
open or closed and will contact the local media (radio and television stations) no later than 6:00 a.m. The District will
make the decision as to the cancellation of all after-school, night school and evening meetings, activities, community
classes, etc. and notify the local media. If parents keep their children home on other questionable snowstorm days,
the District will count the students absent according to state rules and regulations, but not penalize students for
classroom work missed.
   Parents are expected to be responsible for custody of students, listen to the news broadcasts on stormy mornings,
and decide whether or not to send students to school on threatening, stormy days.
   In the event a delayed/safety school start occurs for the day, Pueblo School District 60 staff will make the decision
to delay school by 90 minutes. The District will follow procedures as stated above.

Discipline
  One of our goals is to address discipline issues in a proactive manner and to develop interventions that will
help students become successful learners and productive citizens. Another goal is to provide a positive learning
environment where student safety and well-being are addressed. Please review Pueblo School District 60’ “Student
Conduct and Discipline Code handbook” that addresses other issues such as drug or alcohol use, gang activity,
profanity, sexual harassment, and suspensions in detail.

                                                           –4–
MORNING Arrival
In the MORNING:
  ALL students will enter through their outside classroom doors starting at 7:45 a.m.
  ALL outside classroom doors will be closed at 7:50 a.m. and Specialists and Resource personnel will be monitoring
the school grounds for late students and escorting them to the office if they are late.

After school:
  Designated teachers will be on duty until 3:15 p.m. and ALL doors will remain shut.

RED FLAG MORNING Arrival
  During inclement weather, we will post RED FLAG signs in windows so parents know it is a RED FLAG day.
Instead of entering through outside classroom doors, students may enter only through the following doors DURING
RED FLAG days:
  Door 2 (Near Preschool on Lucas and Belmont area)
  Door 4 (Near back loop by the gym)
  Door 5 (Front of the building near staff parking lot)

   ALL students will enter through these designated doors starting at 7:40 a.m. Teacher will be in their classrooms
welcoming students from 7:45. Any student who arrives after the tardy bell at 7:50 will need to obtain a TARDY slip
from the office. Only students who arrive after the TARDY bell at 7:50 will be marked Tardy.
   It is extremely important that students arrive to school no earlier than 7:40 a.m. and are picked up no later
than 3:15 p.m.
   Please be advised if students arrive on school grounds before 7:40, there will be no adults to watch your child.

                                                          –5–
Attendance Policy
Regular and punctual attendance is a significant factor in a student’s ability to succeed in school. Frequent absences
may lead to poor academic work, lack of social development and possible academic failure. Regular attendance is of
utmost importance for school interest, social adjustment and scholastic achievement. No single factor may interfere
with a student’s progress more quickly than frequent tardiness or absence.

Procedure to address unexcused absence and excused absence attendance issues as per school board policy:

Heritage shall monitor all student absences and keep separate daily breakdowns of unexcused absences, unexcused
tardies, excused absences and excused tardies.

1. On a daily basis, when the school has not been notified by a parent/guardian of a student absence at the parent’s/
guardian’s initiative by 11:30 a.m., school personnel or volunteers under the direction of school personnel shall make
reasonable efforts to notify the parents personally. Recorded messages are permissible as a last resort. Personal
telephone calls to a parent at work and at home is required.

2. On the second unexcused absence in a semester a school administrator, counselor or attendance clerk shall
contact the parent(s) concerning the matter of student absences and make an effort to resolve the situation. Letters
shall be sent to parents/guardians if the parents cannot be reached by telephone.

3. On the 3rd occurrence of an unexcused absence a telephone call from the school to the parent/guardian shall be
made for the purpose of establishing the district’s standard attendance intervention plan pursuant to school law 22-
33-107(3)(b). The attendance plan is designed to help keep the student actively engaged in school and the telephone
call shall also include a discussion concerning possible court involvement and supported by a letter indicating the
substance of the concerns.

4. When the unexcused absences for any child strikes 4 unexcused absences in any one month or 10 unexcused
absences during a school year the school shall contact the Office of Student Support immediately and shall provide the
appropriate supporting documentation, including a truancy report. After 10 excused absences during a school year, the
school may recommend that the Office of Student Support send a letter home thereafter requiring a doctor’s excuse, or a
health plan, or principal approval for additional absences. If none of these are provided, each additional absence will be
considered unexcused.

5. Excused absences:
   A. Illness/Injury
      Absences by a student who is temporarily ill or injured are excused if such illness/injury is documented by the
      student’s parent/guardian.

   B. Appointments/Serious Circumstances:
      Absences shall be excused if a student has an appointment or a circumstance of a serious nature which
      cannot be resolved before or after school hours on a case-by-case basis. The parent/guardian must obtain
      pre-authorization for said appointment or serious circumstances from the school principal in order for the
      absences to be excused.

   C. School Approval for Extracurricular Educational Experiences:
      A student’s request to participate in extracurricular educational experiences outside of the school building
      may be approved for up to five days under certain circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. Any absences
      beyond the five days shall be treated as unexcused.

       Approval shall be left to the discretion of the school’s principal. The principal shall use the following criteria in
       determining whether a student is permitted to engage in said extracurricular educational experiences
       a. The student is in good academic standing (passing all classes with a grade C);
       b. The student has no unexcused absences and no unexcused tardies;
       c. The student has 5 or fewer excused absences in a semester or 9 or fewer excused absences
       		for the school year
       d. The student who is pursuing a work-study program under the supervision of the school.
       e. The student who is attending any school-sponsored activity or activities of an educational nature with
           advance approval by the administration.
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D. School Approval for “Family Business” Days:
      A student’s parent/guardian may request approval for an excused absence to attend to “Family Business” (i.e.
      funeral, wedding etc.) excused absence not to exceed three (3) days per year if the following conditions are
      met:
      a. Student is in good academic standing (passing all classes with a grade C);
      b. Student has no unexcused absences and no unexcused tardies;
      c. Student has four or fewer excused absences in a semester or seven or fewer excused absences for the
          school year.

To excuse a student, a parent shall notify the school on the day of the absence via telephone, written notification or
through other verifiable documentation as required by the school administration.

The district may require suitable proof regarding the above exceptions, including written statements from medical
sources.

6. Unexcused absences:
An unexcused absence is defined as an absence that is not covered by one of the above exceptions. Each
unexcused absence shall be entered on the student’s record. The parents or guardian of the student receiving an
unexcused absence shall be notified orally or in writing by the district of each unexcused absence.

In accordance with the law, the district may impose academic penalties, which relate directly to classes missed while
unexcused. The administration shall develop regulations to implement appropriate penalties. Students and parents
or guardians may petition the Board of Education for exceptions to this policy or the accompanying regulations
provided that no exception shall be sustained if the student fails to abide by all requirements imposed by the Board as
conditions for granting any such exception.

7. A court petition shall be filed as soon as possible when the criteria of Paragraph 4 are met. A judicial officer will
take action, as he/she deems appropriate. The Court Order shall remain in effect until the student reaches the age
of 17. All petitions shall be accompanied by a sworn affidavit of a school person knowledgeable of the child’s record,
which affidavit shall inform the court in separate categories of the number of unexcused absences, unexcused tardies,
excused absences and excused tardies. All subsequent affidavits shall be broken down in the same manner.

8. At any truancy hearing the school involved shall have a person present who is knowledgeable about the child
in regard to the then current unexcused and excused absences and unexcused tardies plus the current grades
and classroom behavior. Also presented should be referred to in Paragraph 3 and updated since the last court
appearance, as well as an update in tutoring participation.

9. Should a 4th excused or unexcused absence occur in a semester (as differentiated from “one month” per
Paragraph 5 for an unexcused absence) the school administrator, by means of an appropriate referral card, shall
contact the school representative/community advocate assigned to the school and order a home visit. Said referral
shall receive priority in administrative responsibilities. School representative shall make a home visit and will record
the outcome as well as share the information with the site. Said visit shall take place within 48 hours of receipt
of the referral if possible, but no later than one week. The school shall then monitor the student’s attendance and
communicate regularly with the parents as well as the child.

10. According to state law, it is the obligation of parents to insure that every child under their care and supervision
receives adequate education and training and, of compulsory attendance age, attends school.

                                                           –7–
Early Student Check Out
   If a student must leave the school during school hours, s/he must check out through the office and check back
in at the office if returning back to school that same day. A doctor’s/dentist’s note should be given to the office
upon the student’s return. No one other than the parents or legal guardians may gain release of a child without
written permission recorded on the student’s enrollment card that is kept in the school office. This is done as a safety
measure and is required by district policy. It is important that we have several people listed on the card in case a child
becomes ill or hurt, and we are unable to contact a child’s parents. If it is necessary to change any information on the
card during the year, we ask that parents stop in at the office and make the necessary changes in person. With the
exception of early checkout for a doctor’s appointment, parents are asked to meet their children at the child’s
exterior doors at 3:05 p.m. This simple request honors both the teacher’s instruction and students’ learning
and provides increased time on academic tasks.

Emergencies & Emergency Information
   In case of serious injury or illness of any child at school, the parent is called first. If the parent cannot be reached
at the numbers listed on the enrollment card, another person listed on the emergency data card is called next. If
there is no response at this number, the family physician is called. If the family physician cannot be reached or the
injury appears severe, the child will be taken to a hospital emergency room. Please complete the EMERGENCY
enrollment form very carefully. Complete, accurate information, including home and work phone numbers, is
very important! If there is a change of address or phone numbers, please inform the school as soon as possible.

Skateboards, Scooters, & Rollerblades, etc.
   Students are not to ride skateboards, scooters, rollerblades (in-line skates), or shoes with wheels on school property due
to safety concerns. We ask that they not bring them to school since the items become a safety and storage problem.

Traffic Safety
  Since so many of our students are transported to school by car, traffic can be a problem in the streets around the
school. Please drive slowly and cautiously. The safety of our children is a major concern. We need your
cooperation to help your child learn good safety habits. Please discuss safety measures with your child on a regular
basis. Remind them of the following safety rules.
    • Cross streets at corners or designated crosswalks.
    • Cross streets only when traffic is clear.
    • If riding a bicycle, do not ride it on the playground. Get off and walk the bicycle once on school property.

 Student Drop-off Information!
    Please help us keep our kids safe by following these guidelines. It is important that we keep the traffic moving to
 insure a timely, well organized system for dropping off and picking-up your child.
    • The left lane is for driving only. DO NOT let your child exit or enter your vehicle from the left lane.
    • The right lane against the curb is for stopping to let your child exit or enter your vehicle. Please do not park
        against the curb and leave your vehicle. There is parking available on Belmont if you must enter the school
        with your child.
    • Please pull as far forward as possible in the drop-off zone before letting your child exit your vehicle.
    • Please do not re-enter Belmont from the drop-off (right) lane.
    • Yield to pedestrians on the Belmont sidewalk and the crosswalk within the drop-off.
    • 3rd, 4th, and 5th, grade students will remain on the sidewalk area outside their respective rooms. 1st and
        2nd grade students will walk around the North end of the building to their respective rooms. Kindergarten
        drop-off will remain on Brown at the yellow curb immediately outside the Kindergarten room.
                                           Thank you for your support

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General Student Information
Cell Phones
   Heritage students will always have the opportunity to use school telephones to phone their parents if a situation
arises. Likewise, if a parent needs to speak to their child or have a message delivered to their child in an emergency
situation, the accommodation will gladly be made. Therefore, cell phones are not allowed to be used anytime
during school hours. If a parent wishes their child to carry a cell phone, it must be turned off and in the child’s
pocket (this way the phone is safe) during the entire school day. Students will only be permitted to use their phone
after school outside of the building. Students not following this policy will have their cell phones confiscated. Phones
will be turned over to the principal and will only be returned to a parent with proof of ownership.

Bicycles at School
   A rack is available for students who ride bikes to school. Students should ride bikes to school only if they are able to
lock their bicycles securely in the racks. Bicycles are to be walked and not ridden on the playground. This rule to ensure
student safety and to make sure the school meets safety standards set by Pueblo School District 60’ safety department.

Field Trips
   Heritage students are given opportunities to go on a variety of interesting field trips throughout the school
year thanks to the hard work and support of our P.T.S.O. Some of the funds they raise during the school year are
designated to pay for the majority of our field trips. Field trips are designed to provide learning experiences for
students outside the school setting. Our goal is to supplement educational activities provided in the classroom.
Students are expected to follow the rules of the school even though the students may be far from the actual school
building. Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to volunteer to supervise students during field trips.
Parents are invited to accompany the students on most field trips to promote safety and to enrich the learning
experience. For liability reasons, parents may not bring other children along on the trips. The teacher will ask for
and/or accept volunteers of legal age and guardianship to attend field trips.
   Just a reminder — only parents and/or legal guardians are able to sign field trip permission forms. Students will
not be able to go on field trips without a properly signed form.

Homework
  At Heritage Elementary School, we expect students to take schoolwork home (on an individual basis) if they are
unable to complete the work during the school day. Generally, students have time to complete assignments at school,
but some students may need extra time to complete their assignments at home. Other homework will be assigned as
needed to ensure mastery of skills and content. Parents are asked to let their children assume the responsibility for
taking home necessary work and support their children’s efforts to become responsible learners.

Lost and Found
  Lost and found items are put in a box by the front school doors. Watches or smaller items will be held at the office.
Students, who have lost clothing or other items, also need to check in the gym, music room, and science room. All
outerwear items, backpacks, etc. should be clearly marked with your child’s name. At the end of the school
year, unclaimed items are donated to one of Pueblo’s many community organizations that serve the needy.

Newsletters
  The office will be sending monthly newsletters so parents will have a better understanding of what is happening at
school. Each newsletter has a list of scheduled activities and a calendar listing school activities for that month.

Outdoor Recess
   All students will be given opportunities to play outside during the noon hour and scheduled recesses except when
we have severe weather, and all students must remain inside. If a child is ill and not in condition to go outside for fresh
air, please make prior arrangements with the office or your child’s teacher.

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School Counselor
   Our school counselor is available to meet with student and parents concerning any counseling issues and support
in other areas as needed. Please explore this option if your child is having any other school related issues or to get
information on formal counseling with any other agencies in Pueblo. Feel free to contact the school principal, your
child’s teacher or school counselor with any concerns about academic progress or social issues that your child may be
having. We request parents to not contact other children directly in an attempt to solve social problems for their child.
The other child and the child’s parent(s) could interpret this as threatening behavior. Again, please rely on school
personnel to help with any problems.

School Dress Code
  A safe and disciplined learning environment is essential to a quality educational program. District-wide standards
on student attire are intended to help students concentrate on schoolwork, reduce discipline problems, and improve
school order and safety. The Board recognizes that students have a right to express themselves through dress and
personal appearance; however, students shall not wear apparel that is deemed disruptive or potentially disruptive to
the classroom environment or to the maintenance of a safe and orderly school.
Unacceptable items
  Students are expected to abide by the following general guidelines
     1. Shirts must be long enough to naturally touch the top of the lower garment and/or be tucked in.
     2. Shirts must cover the shoulders.
     3. All attire should be sized to fit without exposing undergarments, buttocks, stomachs or cleavage.
     4. Shorts and skirts must be appropriate length—no more than 4 inches above the knee.
     5. Shoes must be worn at all times.
The following items of clothing are specifically prohibited:
     1.   Spaghetti straps, tank tops and halter tops
     2.   Transparent/mesh clothing
     3.   Make-up that makes a student unidentifiable
     4.   Exposed undergarments
     5.   Pajamas and house slippers
     6.   Shirts with revealing necklines or armholes
     7.   Shirts hanging longer than fingertips when arms fully extended or pants sagging below the waist
     8.   Hats, caps or sunglasses worn indoors
     9.   Gloves worn indoors
    10.   Hair nets, bandanas, and do-rags
    11.   Caps, athletic headbands and armbands (prohibited indoors except when the wearer is participating in a
          school sporting event)
    12.   Clothing or accessories that promote drugs, alcohol or tobacco either by brand or message
    13.   Clothing or accessories with sexually suggestive language or messages
    14.   Clothing or accessories that promote any activity prohibited by the student code of conduct and/or law
    15.   Clothing or accessories that could readily be used as a weapon or might otherwise injure the wearer, including
          items with spikes or loose hanging chains
    16.   Attire, accessories or manners of grooming indicative of affiliation with a gang, secret society or disruptive
          group. This includes, but is not limited to clothing, gang-related colors or numbers, bandanas, make-up, hats,
          emblems, trademarks, badges, insignia, logos, belt buckles, colored shoe strings and jewelry
    17.   Trench coats and other like jackets capable of easily concealing weapons

    School Visitors
       We encourage parents to visit our school. Classroom visitations provide you with opportunities to observe
    instruction and view how your child relates with his/her peers. We find students often take an increased
    interest in their schoolwork when their parents learn more about the school program. Please make
    arrangements with your child’s teacher for appropriate times to visit. We also ask that all visitors sign in at
    the school office before going to a classroom and sign out when leaving the school. This policy also
    allows us a better opportunity to monitor who is in our building for safety purposes. Thank you for complying
    with our request.

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Items Brought to School
   Personal items, clothing, and school supplies should all be permanently marked with the student’s full name. “Show-
n-tell” time is scheduled at the individual teacher’s discretion. Please make advance arrangements for live animals or
other unusual show-n-tell items. NO TOYS ARE ALLOWED IN SCHOOL. Cash (or checks) brought to school should
be sealed in an envelope with the child’s name, room number, amount, and purpose written outside. Certain items
are not to be brought to school due to health and safety reasons (see the Discipline Guide and medication sections of
this handbook). Also, we recommend that students do not bring expensive personal possessions or large amounts of
cash to school; secure storage is not available and replacement for losses is not possible. Trading, buying, and selling
of personal items is not allowed due to the number of student conflicts that may arise from such transactions. The
school will not be responsible for toys that are brought to school and confiscated. Although it is not recommended that
students bring cellphones to school, we realize that it is not realistic to tell students that cell phones are prohibited.
The rules in regards to phones at school are that all phones are turned off and put away during student instructional
time, 7:45 – 3:05. It is our hope that phones will not be a distraction to the learning environment or an invasion of
student privacy while at school. If students do not comply with the cell phones rule their phone will be confiscated
and made available in the office for the parent or legal guardian to pick up before or after school. The school is
not responsible for lost, broken, or stolen cell phones. Students are prohibited from making calls on their
personal cell phones without prior approval from a staff member.

Parties at School
   PLEASE make arrangements with your child’s teacher ahead of time for birthday parties. Parties will be scheduled
around classroom instruction time and at the teacher’s discretion. Please keep refreshments simple. ONLY bring
clear drinks such as 7-Up that do not contain food dye. Drinks with dye that are accidently spilled stain the classroom
carpet. Your child will be allowed to distribute birthday party invitations at school ONLY if all children in the class are
invited. Also, please check with your child’s teacher in regards to classroom allergies. Many of our rooms possess
students with allergies to nuts, eggs, strawberries, etc. We would hate to not be able to accept your child’s Birthday
treats. Thank You.

Student Custody Changes or Legal Name Changes
   It is the responsibility of the custodial parent or legal guardian to notify the school of a child’s change of custody or
legal name changes. Copies of legal papers attesting to the information must be presented to the school. Student
records are kept under their legal names and cannot be changed until legal documents are presented to the school
as determined by state and District policy. In cases of custody issues, release of a child to his or her natural parents
cannot be denied unless one of the following documents is on file at the school office:
      • A current restraining order issued by a court against a specified parent.
      • The portion of a legal custody agreement that indicates the rights and privileges of each parent with regard to
           childcare and visitation.
  We appreciate our parents’ support in these sensitive issues. Our goal is to provide your children with a
comfortable, safe environment at all times.

Student Enrollment Card
   During the first week of school, teachers send home student enrollment cards for parents to complete. Having this
information returned promptly is very important. The card is kept in the office in case parents need to be contacted.
Please make sure all information is complete, accurate, and up-to-date. It is important to notify the school
immediately if you have a change of address or telephone number at any time during the school year.
   The school cannot release students to any individual(s) not listed on the enrollment card.

Awards Assemblies
  Awards assemblies will be held near the end of each semester. Awards will be given for the following
accomplishments:
K – 5th Grade Students
    •   Perfect Attendance – “Perfect is Perfect” - On the Report Card, the “Days Absent” will be “0” (zero) AND THE
        “PERIODS TARDY” WILL BE “0” (ZERO).
    •   Excellence Attendance – Less than 2.0 days absent AND 2 OR LESS TARDIES - On the Report Card, the
        “Days Absent” will be less than “2.0” AND THE “PERIODS TARDY” WILL BE 2 OR LESS

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•   Remember that Infinite Campus calculates each minute a student is late, leaves early or is gone during the
        day and returns. All of these scenarios are included in the Attendance Award Calculations
    •   Specialty Award – Students who demonstrates above and beyond character during PE, Music and ART.
    •   Citenzship Award – Students who demonstrates good character
3rd – 5th Grade Students:
    •   Bronze Academic Award – 3.4 Grade Point Average -3.59 Grade Point Average
    •   Silver Academic Award – 3.6 Grade Point Average -3.79 Grade Point Average
    •   Gold Academic Award – 3.8 Grade Point Average and Above

Parent Portal
Using Parent Portal as a Resource for Parents
   All parents have Parent Portal access for their students. This tool will provide you with immediate, up-to-date
information about your child at school. Through the Parent Portal you will be able to do the following:
   See your child’s attendance (immediately after it has been entered by the teacher)
     • Verify your contact information
     • Verify your child’s immunization record
     • View and print your child’s schedule
Here is how you can connect to the Parent Portal
    1. From the Pueblo School District 60’s website (www.pueblod60.org), scroll down to Site Shortcuts (left side of
       the screen), and then click on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal link. (https://campus.pueblocityschools.us/
       campus/portal/pueblo.jsp). Parents can select the Help page under the Technology Link on the webpage for a
       training tutorial and FAQ section.
    2. Click on the option for a First Time Campus User.
    3. Enter your Campus Portal Activation Key which you can obtain from the school attendance secretary.
    4. You will then be prompted to create a username and password for accessing the portal.
    5. You will find that the Infinite Campus Parent Portal will be a valuable tool.

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Student Safety – Emergency –
Crisis Management Procedures
Emergency Drill Procedure
   To maintain readiness for emergencies, schools must conduct safety drills. If you arrive at the school and find a
Safety Drill is taking place; please cooperate with the drill as if it were an actual emergency. This will give our school
staff practice in implementing our emergency plans with parents and visitors.

Lockdown Procedures
  In the event of a Lockdown, NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO ENTER OR EXIT THE BUILDING. A large sign will
be placed on the window near the front entrance stating:
      “THIS SCHOOL IS UNDER LOCKDOWN. NO PERSON MAY ENTER OR LEAVE. PLEASE MOVE AWAY
      FROM THE SCHOOL BUILDING. PLEASE CONTACT ________ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.”

   In the event of a lockdown occurring at school dismissal time, the School Messenger System will be used to
communicate with families. Be sure to keep your emergency telephone number updated with the school office at all
times. Please avoid calling the school office phone numbers during a lockdown; it is important that the phone lines and
school staff are kept available to maintain student safety.

Fire Drill Procedures
  Fire drills are held at least every other month as required by law and are important safety precautions. It is
essential that when the alarm sounds, everyone obeys instructions and clears the building by the assigned route
as quickly as possible. Parents and other school visitors are asked to follow evacuation procedures also. Other
emergency drills for events such as tornado drills are held on a yearly basis.

Tornado Warning Procedures
   In the event of a Tornado Warning, students will not be allowed to leave the building. Any parents or visitors arriving
at the school will be immediately brought into the school and escorted to a Tornado Shelter Area. Once the Tornado
Warning is lifted, the school will return to normal operations.

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Food Services Program
Pueblo School District 60 is participating in a Universal Lunch and School Breakfast Program
for the current school year at all D60 schools. All students enrolled at at D60 schools may
participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them. Snack items and adult
meals will be available for sale each day.
Community Eligibility Provision Participating Schools
All students will be served breakfast and lunch at no cost. Families should complete a
combined application to provide vital data for school funding.
Families should submit a Family Economic Data Survey* in the school office,
online at www.pueblod60.org, by visiting https://www.myschoolapps.com/
Home/PickDistrict, or scan the QR code to the right    .                       ➟
     • Families are encourage to fill out the Family Economic Data
        Survey*.
     • You only need to submit one application per household, even if your children
        attend more than one school in Pueblo School District 60.
           *This form may be used only for schools participating in the federal child nutrition programs. All D60 schools are
           participating in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), receipt of school meals does not depend on households
           returning this form. In all schools, this form is also used in connection with other federal, state and local education
           programs, including determining whether the school district is eligible for state additional funding on the behalf of
           the student(s). By filling out the form, the parent is ensuring the district will receive the additional state funding to
           which it is entitled based on the population of students served by the district.

Families are encouraged to submit an application
Studies have shown that children who are not hungry perform better in school. By providing
breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge, we are hoping to support a better learning
environment for our students.
The school breakfasts and lunches that we serve follow U.S. Department of Agriculture
guidelines for healthy school meals. The School Breakfast and Lunch Programs cannot
succeed without your support; please encourage your children to participate in the school
meal programs.
Non-discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations
and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited
from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation,
disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or
retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs).
Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape,
American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or
contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages
other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How
to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the
information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter
to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW,
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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Student Health Information
Immunizations
   State law requires that all students must have a complete immunization record on file in the school office. If the
immunizations are not complete, the student can and will be excluded from school. By state law, students can be
exempted from the requirements if parents/guardians furnish certification from a physician that one or more of the
immunizations would endanger their child’s health, or submit a signed statement that immunizations are contrary
to their religious or philosophical beliefs. In the case of an outbreak of one or more of the diseases, for which
immunization provides protection, children who are not immunized will be excluded from school. Please help us keep
our records current by bringing in records of all booster shots.
   Please see the letter and chart on pages 16-18 for requirements.

Medication Policy (District School Board Policy)
   Parents are encouraged to give medication outside of school hours whenever possible. The responsibility for
dispensing medication lies with the parent or guardian of the student. If, under exceptional circumstances, a child is
required to take oral medication during school hours and the parent or guardian cannot be at school to administer
the medication, only the principal or the principal’s designee shall administer the medication in compliance with
regulations established by the District.
   There is a district form that must be filled out and notarized giving the child permission to have and take medication
at school. All medication must be left in an original, labeled container at the school office. This includes all over-
the-counter drugs as well as doctor prescribed medications.
   Please do not send medication to school with your child. It is the responsibility of the parent to consult with the
school if a child requires medication during school hours. Medication will be administered only if a doctor deems it
essential and only then after the parent and doctor have completed the required forms. These forms may be obtained
from the school office.

Student Health Problems
   A parent/guardian should inform the school of any special health problems a child may have. Copies of reports
from the doctor explaining the nature of the condition will assist the school in meeting the health needs of the student.
This is particularly important in the case of chronic asthma or diabetes. Parents or other adult supervisors may be
asked to attend field trips with students with special health concerns. Our children’s safety is of utmost importance.

Notification to Access Benefits
Colorado Department of Education – School Health Services Program
   The Department of Health and Human Services sponsors a program allowing our district to seek reimbursement
for health-related services provided to children with Medicaid health insurance. This program helps our district to
maximize federal funds for support of additional health services in our schools.
   The Colorado Department of Education and the District will request parental permission to provide health related
services to each child and to release and exchange medical and other confidential information, as necessary, to
the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (Medicaid), whether directly or through a contracted billing
agency, for health services provided to each child after the date of this notification. Information released may include
personally identifiable information, records, or information about the services which may be provided to each child.
The purpose of the disclosure is to access the child’s public benefits to receive Medicaid reimbursement for said
services.
   The District, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, and the contracted billing agency, if any, require
my permission to send claims to Medicaid and receive payment from Medicaid for health related services as set forth
in my child’s IEP or IFSP.
   Medicaid reimbursement for health related services provided by the district and the Colorado Department of
Education will not affect any other Medicaid services for which a child is eligible. Each child will receive the services
listed in the IEP regardless of whether or not a child is enrolled in public benefits. If a parent refuses to allow access
to the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, it does not relieve the District of its responsibility to ensure
that all required services are provided to the child at no cost to the parent.
   The granting of consent is voluntary and may be revoked at any time. If a parent later revokes consent, that
revocation is not retroactive (i.e., it does not negate an action that has occurred after the consent was given and
before the consent was revoked).
   The District and the Colorado Department of Education will operate under the guidelines of the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to ensure confidentiality regarding each child’s treatment and provision of health
related services.
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